Mandatory Tests Upon Arrival to Greece

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The aviation directive outlining the requirements and conditions for entry into Greece for passengers on flights from abroad, aimed to limit the spread of COVID-19, has been extended until 6:00 on Friday, September 3, 2021.

A new addition to the NOTAM (notice to airmen) for international flights requires unvaccinated travellers to undergo a mandatory test upon arrival, regardless of nationality, from the following (16) sixteen countries:

Egypt, Albania, Argentina, Bulgaria, Brazil, Georgia, Cuba, United Arab Emirates, India, China, Libya, Morocco, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Russia and Turkey.

The aviation directive also prohibits the entry of third-country nationals from countries outside the EU and the Schengen Area, including their spouses or persons with whom they have entered into a cohabitation agreement and their minor children, from entering the country.

Exempted from the rule are passengers traveling for essential reasons and permanent residents of the following 35 countries:

Australia, North Macedonia, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, United Kingdom, Israel, Canada, Belarus, Bahrain, New Zealand, South Korea, Qatar, China, Kuwait, Ukraine, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Jordan, Moldavia, Monaco, Turkey and Kosovo.

All travellers to Greece, regardless of nationality, must fill in the electronic form Passenger Locator Form (PLF), at the electronic address https://travel.gov.gr prior to the departure of the flight to Greece.

The proof of completion of the PLF electronic form, which is automatically sent by e-mail to the passenger, is considered a necessary travel document.

Athens airport mandatory testingThe NOTAM outlined the rules about entering Greece with a vaccine certificate or negative PCR / RAPID TEST or a certificate of having recovered from Covid-19.

For travellers to Greece, the condition for entering the country is one of the following:

1) To have completed at least fourteen (14) days before the COVID-19 coronavirus vaccination and to present a vaccination certificate, in Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Russian, issued by a public authority

2) To have been diagnosed negative in a laboratory test for COVID-19 coronavirus by the PCR method within the last seventy two (72) hours, or within forty eight (48) hours before their arrival in Greece in case of a rapid test

3) Alternatively, travellers to Greece must have a certificate of having contracted Covid-19 issued thirty (30) days after the first positive test, which is valid for up to 180 days after that date

4) Flight travellers from abroad may also carry, in digital or printed form, a digital COVID-19 certificate issued by European or third countries, which contains information on their vaccination or the result of the last test (48-hour rapid test or 72-hour PCR) or coronavirus disease.

Children over 12 years are also obliged to present proof of either vaccination, a negative test or certificate of illness or digital certificate for entry into Greece.

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